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31,388.  A new force in Georgian society - satire.  (England & Great Britain & Satire)  Dr Lucy Worsley, The First Georgians: The Germans Who Made Britain I

 

 

45,666.  A group of public schoolboys and Oxbridge wits rediscovered satire.  They were touring the country in what must be Britain’s most famous revue show ever – Beyond the Fringe.  The Queen came to see the show at London’s Fortune Theatre where she found a long-faced comic genius called Peter Cook slicing up the prime minister ... Nothing like it had ever happened to a British prime minister before.  (Theatre & Satire)  Andrew Marrs History of Modern Britain

 

 

67,437.  These new satirists [Beyond the Fringe], unlike most of the post-war comedians, were university and often public-school educated.  (Class & Satire & Working Class)  Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture II, BBC 2012

 

 

32,697.  People say satire is dead.  It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.  (White House and Satire)  Robin Williams

 

 

87,540.  I think the satirist gets up in the morning and thinks, Why cars?  Why huts with wheels on the corner? ... Why do we have sex lying down? ... Swift was as great in terms of satire as Shakespeare was in terms of tragedy ... Who isn’t indebted to Swift?  Will Self, author  

 

 

87,541.  If it hits the target, if it’s funny and it’s true and if it’s sharp, then it’s satire at its best.  Rory Bremner

 

 

87,577.  I think comedy and satire are a very important part of democracy, and it's important we are able to laugh at the idiosyncrasies or the follies or vanities of people in power.  (Satire & Comedy)  Rory Bremner

 

 

87,542.  Satire is different to humour – it’s edgier, it’s tougher, it’s more daring, more adventurous.  David Owen

 

 

87,543.  If you’re looking for concrete results, satire doesn’t tend to produce them.  Ian Hislop

 

 

87,544.  Satire, being levelled at all, is never resented for an offence by any.  Jonathan Swift

 

 

87,545.  I don’t think there should be limits.  Tina Fey

 

 

87,546.  It’s hard not to write satire.  Juvenal A.D. 60-C.130, Roman satirist, Satires bk 1

 

 

87,547.  Satire is what closes Saturday night.  George S Kaufman, American dramatist

 

 

87,548.  Satire and this folly for which you stand would leave our country – if it was the only thing we’d got in our country – leave us hungry.  Wealth comes from work.  Sir Cyril Osborne MP, in conversation with Bernard Levin 28th September 1963, That Was the Week that Was

 

 

87,549.  Has that satire ever had a real effect?  Can shows like Spitting Image, Rory Bremner or Saturday Night Live change the political landscape?  Frost on Satire, BBC

 

87,550.  That Was the Week that Was: here for the first time ever was a satirical series that tackled the issues of the day head on.  ibid.

 

87,551.  We took the show to America ... After the second season they pulled the plug.  ibid.

 

87,552.  The seeds for challenging authority had been sown.  ibid.

 

87,553.  Saturday Night Live created a show that skewered American society and its key political figures.  ibid.

 

87,554.  There were parodies, there were politicians and most important of all there were puppets.  Spitting Image went on air 26th February 1984.  ibid.

 

87,555.  Like Spitting Image, Bremner and his team set about the political figures of the day.  ibid.

 

87,556.  Shown just a few weeks before the election, despite its late night slot, at its peak it’s been estimated that over seventeen million people were watching Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.  ibid.

 

87,557.  [Jon] Stewart’s show [Daily News] continues in its role as watchdog over the political process.  ibid.

 

87,558.  Bill Maher is able to vent his opinions with relatively little interference.  ibid.

 

87,559.  Are there any limits?  Can it ever go too far?  ibid.

 

 

87,560.  Satire is a lesson; parody is a game.  Vladimir Nabokov

 

 

87,561.  You can’t debate satire.  Either you get it or you don’t.  Michael Moore

 

 

87,562.  You can’t make up anything anymore.  The world itself is a satire.  All you’re doing is recording it.  Art Buchwald

 

 

87,563.  Satire doesn’t effect change.  (Satire & Change)  P J O’Rourke

 

 

87,564.  Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.  Jonathan Swift

 

 

87,565.  Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.  (Satire & Fool & Song)  Lord Byron

 

 

87,566.  Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.  (Satire & Eulogy)  Voltaire

 

 

87,567.  When you have satire, it has to be real.  No matter how outrageous the comedy becomes, you have to believe in the characters.  Kevin Kline

 

 

87,568.  Political satire is a serious thing.  In democratic newspapers throughout the world there are daily cartoons that often are not even funny, as is the case especially in many English-language newspapers. Instead, they contain a political message, and the artist takes full responsibility.   (Satire & Cartoon)  Umberto Eco

 

 

87,569.  Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.  (Satire & Kissinger)  Tom Lehrer

 

 

87,578.  Unless a love of virtue light the flame,

Satire is, more than those he brands, to blame;

He hides behind a magisterial air

His own offences, and strips others' bare.  William Cowper, Charity 1781

 

 

87,579.  Satire’s my weapon, but I’m too discreet

To run amuck and tilt at all I meet.  Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace I:71

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